Tiger Haynes

George "Tiger" Haynes (December 13, 1914 - February 14, 1994), sometimes billed as Colonel Tiger Haynes, was an American actor of musical theatre, television and film and jazz musician.

Tiger Haynes
George Haynes

(1914-12-13)December 13, 1914
DiedFebruary 14, 1994(1994-02-14) (aged 79)
OccupationStage, film, television actor

He was born in Frederiksted, St. Croix, and moved to New York when he was a boy.[1] An ex-boxer, Haynes played guitar with The Three Flames from 1945 to 1956, a group which had its own NBC radio show in the mid-1940s[2] and a television show on NBC television in 1949,[1] and which incorporated Sammy Benskin in 1954.

He made his mainstream Broadway debut in Leonard Sillman's musical revue New Faces of 1956.[3] He is best known for his portrayal of the Tin Man in the original Broadway cast of The Wiz (a role assumed by Nipsey Russell in the 1978 film adaptation).[2] He also made several television appearances on programs such as The Cosby Show (1989) and In the Heat of the Night (1989), as well as numerous minor film appearances in films such as All That Jazz (1979) and Ratboy (1986).



Year Title Role Notes
1979All That JazzPorter
1980Times SquareAndy
1984Moscow on the HudsonLionel's Grandfather
1984Nothing Lasts ForeverMr. Brown
1986RatboyDerelict Ralph
1986The Mosquito CoastMr. Semper
1987Enemy TerritoryBarton
1988Apprentice to MurderRufus
1989Dead BangEdwin Gates
1991Jungle Fever


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